You don't win anything with kids, so says Alan Hansen. But in the Premier League, there is a plethora of youngsters attracting interest from a whole host of top clubs.
As the old saying goes, if you're good enough, you're old enough, and these ten youngsters are certainly capable of holding their own in what is arguably the most competitive league in the world.
10) Ben Davies, 19 | Swansea City
This has been the breakthrough season for Welshman Davies, who has been a regular since Neil Taylor’s horror injury on the opening day of the season. His excellent form saw him start in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, and receiving his first three international caps.
9) Luke Shaw, 17 | Southampton
Despite his tender years, Shaw has looked comfortable in possession for Southampton and more than capable defensively. He has the all-round qualities needed to be a top class full-back, and was linked with eight figure moves to the likes of Chelsea before committing his long-term future to Southampton earlier this year.
8) Nathaniel Clyne, 21 | Southampton
Another Southampton full-back who made over 100 appearances for Championship club Crystal Palace before turning 21 and making his move to Southampton last summer. He has been a near ever-present so far this season, and baring any major injury looks set to become a top class international full-back in the future.
7) Raheem Sterling, 18 | Liverpool
Sterling was thrust into the limelight earlier this season under difficult circumstances, but his impressive performances in 2012 lead to a debut for England against Sweden. His explosive pace and trickery earned him a new long-term contract during Liverpool’s hectic Christmas period.
6) Matija Nastasic, 19 | Manchester City
A quick and skilful Serbian full-back whose impressive displays for Fiorentina saw Manchester City make the £12m move for Nastasic on deadline day last August. After limited opportunities initially, Nastasic’s class has shown recently, and he has forced Joleon Lescott out of the team for a starting berth in the heart of the City's defence.
5) Phil Jones, 21 | Manchester United
The imposing figure of Jones in the centre of United’s defence became a re-assuring presence for United's fans last season. However, this season has been blighted by injury so far and he faces a battle to be fit for Tuesday’s Champions League second leg against Real Madrid. He will be hoping to make more progress in the remainder of the season and will want to add to his five England caps.
4) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19 | Arsenal
Chamberlain and his exciting, explosive performances have impressed many since his move from Southampton when he was just 17. His blistering pace has drawn comparisons to fellow Southampton academy graduate and Arsenal teammate Theo Walcott. Chamberlain was also a key part of England’s disappointing Euro 2012 campaign, starting the Three Lion's opening game against France.
3) Romelu Lukaku, 19 | West Brom
Lukaku, dubbed as the new Didier Drogba by many fans, endured a difficult first season in the Premier League last year with limited opportunities and only one league start. But a loan move to West Brom has given him more starts and his recent form has been sensational, scoring 12 goals already this season. Lukaku has expressed his desire to stay at the Hawthorns but if he continues his form he may become a key player at Chelsea sooner rather than later.
2) Oscar, 21 | Chelsea
Chelsea are reaping the rewards of a new transfer policy of buying players with potential, and Oscar is perhaps the best example of this. His skill and creativity has earned him nine goals and nine assists this season, and he has impressed especially in the UEFA Champions League, scoring five goals in the group stage. Having already played 13 games for Brazil, Oscar is a huge talent who has the potential to go to the very top of the game.
1) Jack Wilshere, 21 | Arsenal
Wilshere has everything needed to become one of England’s greatest central midfielders, and despite Arsenal’s poor season to date he has been a shining light since his return in October. Arsene Wenger has said that he has Spanish technique but an English heart, and England captain Steven Gerrard has tipped Wilshere to go to the very top. It's not unlikely that he will be the country’s outstanding player for the next decade and may carry the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.
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